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FLATONIA, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South

2941'13"N 976'28"W (29.686981, -97.107728)
US Hwy 90
Hwy 95 off Interstate 10
21 miles S of La Grange the county seat
27 miles W of Weimar
90 miles E of San Antonio on I-10
108 miles W of Houston on I-10
Equidistant between Austin & Victoria on Hwy 95
Population: 1,408 Est. (2016)
1,383 (2010) 1,377 (2000) 1,295 (1990)

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Flatonia TX Old Post Office wall mural showing train & switch tower
Old post office wall mural showing train & switch tower
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, February 2015
Historical Marker
(on Main Square, 0.1 mile E of Intersection of Hwy 90 & NE Main, Flatonia.)

FLATONIA

Market town for rich agricultural area, on one of this state's earliest railroads (chartered 1841 by the Republic of Texas).

Situated on land granted in 1840s to rancher William A. Faires. Germans began to settle here in 1860s, and soon needed a shipping point for their products. Sailing master Friedrich Wilhelm Flato (1820-1899) and his wife Sophie, of the German Colony, had a store about 2 miles south of here. In the 1870s, Czech immigrants arrived, and the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad (delayed by Civil War, 1861-65) was built to this point. John Cline, F. W. Flato, John Lattimore, and railroad president T. W. Pierce founded Flatonia on Oct. 16, 1873, naming it for the Flato family. At the same time, adjacent landowners Anton Freytag and James Faires platted Freytag and Faires' additions to the town. Post office opened in 1874.

Town was incorporated Nov. 8, 1875. Soon it had churches, a school, cotton gins, a newspaper (The Flatonia "Argus"), a cottonseed oil mill, and other businesses. A casino was built for political gatherings, dances, dramas, and other uses. In 1886, a second railroad, the San Antonio & Aransas Pass, reached here. Throughout its first century, the town has remained industrious, thrifty, and stable.
1973

Flatonia Landmarks

& Photo Gallery
Flatonia TX Intersection, Hwy 95, railroad crossing & Flatonia Southern Pacific Tower
Intersection showing railroad crossing & switch tower
TE Photo, 2003
A railroad town with a spacious median between main streets and the last switching tower left in Texas. The tower was saved from demolition through the efforts of Flatonians Martha and Arnold Tauch. Exceptional museum, rock buildings, and a Theater named The Lyric. Flatonia also has many antique shops and the town namesake's gravesite.
Flatonia TX - Arnold Tauch Sr.
Arnold Tauch Sr
Photo courtesy Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
Flatonia switinching tower, Texas old photo
The Flatonia switching tower in use
(before relocation)
See Railroad Interlocking Towers of Texas

Photo courtesy of Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
TX - Flatonia Switch Tower
Flatonia Tower No. 3
1902 to 1996
"The End of an Era"

Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
More Texas Then & Now
Flatonia TX - Central Texas Rail History Center
Central Texas Rail History Center
104 E. South Main St.

Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, February 2015
Flatonia TX - Lyric Theater grand reopening, neon at night
Lyric Theater grand reopening on April 7, 2017
Photo courtesy James Longmire
Lyric Theater
Flatonia TX Arnim & Lane 1886 Building
The 1886 Arnim & Lane Building
TE Photo, 2002
Flatonia TX Arnim & Lane 1886 Building old photo
Arnim & Lane Building vintage photo
Courtesy Flatonia Chamer of Commerce
More Texas Then & Now
Flatonia TX -  Arnim as a young man
Flatonia TX -  Arnim as an old man
L - Arnim as a young man
R - Arnim as an old man
Courtesy Flatonia Chamer of Commerce
Flatonia TX -  Lane
Lane
Courtesy Flatonia Chamer of Commerce
Flatonia TX 1901 Former Post Office Building
The 1901 Former Post Office Building
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
Flatonia TX Post Office tile sign
Post Office tile sign
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
More Texas Post Offices
Flatonia TX - M. Fernay Book Store 1887 Tile Sign
M. Fernay Book Store 1887 Tile Sign
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX - Cast Iron Building Threshold
Cast Iron Building Threshold
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX Sea Level Marker
Sea Level Marker
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX - Buildings
TE Photo 2003
Flatonia TX Former Jail
Former Jail in Flatonia
TE Photo, 2002
More Texas Jails
Flatonia TX SAAP Freight Depot
Flatonia SAAP Freight Depot
TE Photo, 2002
More Texas Depots
Flatonia TX Crossed Tracks
Crossed Tracks
TE Photo, 2002
Flatonia TX Newspaper Racks
Newspaper Racks
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX Building and Grain Elevator
TE Photo, 2003
See Texas Grain Elevators
Flatonia TX Masonic Lodge
Flatonia Masonic Lodge
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX SPJST Hall
Flatonia SPJST Hall
TE Photo, 2002
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Flatonia TX Bench
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
TX Dove On Church Steeple
Dove On Church Steeple
TE Photo, 2003
TX Mockingbird on Old Spanish Trail sign
Mockingbird on Old Spanish Trail sign
TE Photo, 2002
See Birds in Texas
Flatonia TX Farmhouse
TE Photo, 2002
Flatonia TX - Tin Buildings
Tin buildings
TE Photo, 2002
Flatonia TX Tavern
TE Photo, 2003
Flatonia TX Water Tower and approaching train
Flatonia water tower and approaching train
Photo courtesy Kathryn L. Geesaman
More Texas Water Towers

Flatonia Cemetery

Fayette County TX - Old Flatonia Cemetery
Old Flatonia Cemetery
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
Photographer's Note:
"Flatonia is really a neat town with a goodly amount of pride in its history... You mentioned that the community of Flatonia actually started about two miles south(east), which it did in 1870. The community was there long enough before it moved to the railroad to have established both a post office and a cemetery. The post office building is, of course, long gone but the cemetery is still there. Here are two photos - one of the "Old Flatonia" cemetery and one of a prominent tombstone therein." - John J. Germann, October 12, 2018
Flatonia TX  Cemetery - Wilhelm Kogh tombstone
Tombstone
Photo courtesy John J. Germann, February 2015
Flatonia TX Cemetery, tombstone with open bible
Flatonia Cemetery - Tombstone with open bible
TE Photo, 2002
Texas Cemeteries

More Flatonia Attractions & Events
The Arnim Museum
101 E. North Main St.
361-865-3455
arnimmuseum.org

Central Texas Rail History Center
104 E. South Main St.
Open by appointment. 979-743-5366

Czhilispiel, last full weekend in October.
Flatonia TX - onion awaiting Chilispiel
Onions awaiting Czhilispiel
TE Photo
Coca Cola sign
The "Real Thing" in Flatonia, Signed by "Eddie and Monk" in December 1966
TE Photo, November 2003
Flatonia TX - Lyric Theater
Lyric Theater
Photo courtesy Bill Trevillion, February 2015

Flatonia Chronicles
  • Flatonia's Newspaper, The Argus, was first printed in 1875, but has joined the ranks of the high-school sports-and-grocery-ad school of journalism.

  • The Day the Elephant died in Flatonia
    Told to the Editor by Flatonia Historian George Koudelka

    Sometime way back when the 20th Century was spanking new, a circus stopped in Flatonia.

    The name has been lost, but they were indeed a circus and had (at least one elephant) to prove it.

    For readers fortunate enough to have visited Flatonia, you may remember that the town is bisected by the railroad tracks - with large open spaces separating the two rows of storefronts from the tracks. Some of this is paved now; but it was once lush greenery (except in the Texas summer when it became crisp brownery).

    Here's the story

  • Painted church
    TE Photo

    Fayette County Painted Churches Tour

    Take a road trip

    12 miles east on Hwy 90 to Schulenburg
    12 miles west on Hwy 90 to Waelder
    21 miles north on FM 609 to LaGrange
    26 miles north on Hwy 95 to Smithville
    19 miles south on Hwy 95 to Shiner with a stop at Moulton, then take Hwy 90Alt 18 miles west to Gonzales, or 15 miles east to Hallettesville

    Flatonia Chamber of Commerce
    208 E. North Main * P.O. Box 610 Flatonia TX 78941
    Phone (361) 865-3920
    website: http://www.flatoniachamber.com/

    TX Fayette County 1907 Postal Map
    Fayette County 1907 postal map showing railroads crossing Flatonia
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    See Fayette County | Central Texas South

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